So This Is What a Successful Running Play Looks Like

So I was re-watching the Ravens-Steelers game today, mostly to see how Kelvin Beachum and Guy Whimper fared on the offensive line, and I came across my new favorite play of the season.

The Steelers, leading 10-6, faced a 1st-and-10 from the Ravens’ 11 with 5:04 to go in the third quarter. Todd Haley called a running play, something we’ve seen a lot this season, usually with disastrous results.

This time, Le’Veon Bell, possibly the most patient person on the planet, took the handoff, shuffled a few steps to his right and waited for what seemed like an eternity before exploding through a hole created by the two tight ends, David Paulson and Heath Miller.

You read that right — Paulson not only blocked someone, but he BLOCKED SOMEONE.

The play went for seven yards and unless you watched it 20 times it would seem like your run-of-the-mill seven-yard gain.  But when you really looked at it, it was so much more than that.

Maybe this is one of those games we’ll look back on as the turning point in the season or maybe it’s a blip on the radar. While we wait for that storyline to play out, just enjoy the magic of a well-executed running play again and again and again.

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  • Terribletoweler

    Just wanted to point out that Paulson’s guy was still in on the tackle, lol!

    • Rob D

      baby steps! lol..

  • Randy Steele

    Don’t know where to put this, but last week while I was trolling southern Florida, I stumbled across a real genuine Steeler bar, “The Great White Grill,” on Sanibel Island, near Ft. Myers. It’s owned by a guy from New Kensington, Pa.

    Kind of a dump, but hey, I’m kind of a dumpy guy.

    • Rob D

      When I was a drinking man, dumps are where it was at..I used to have a friend who counted the plants and other “fancy crap” in an establishment and complain that the drinks would be too expensive as a result. He was right! Back to Moe’s Place with Homer and the gang!

  • Randy Steele

    Question of the Day: Would you bet $100 today that the Steelers will win this year’s Super Bowl if the payoff is $10,000? (A guy at “Behind the Steel Curtain” just did.)

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      Yes. Where can I do so legally?

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Sanders also blocks downfield, setting up the possibility of a touchdown.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Is it possible to slow down the end of the gif? I’m having a hard time seeing where the blocks eventually break down and and the order of the guys who hit Bell.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Manny Sanders is ready to play OT. This is only slightly less surprising than seeing Whimper play OT well last week.

    Also, we’ve invested two 1s and two 2s in our OL. Last week, we had two street free agents, one UDFA, one 7th round pick and one first rounder in our lineup and the OL played its best game of the year.

  • ryan


    GIF has been slowed down for your viewing pleasure.

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      Thanks. It looks like Heath, Paulson and Manny all held their blocks long enough for Bell to score. But a DB came from outside the gif frame to make a hit. Whimper also chipped a guy to his left (although I’m not sur why) and the pushed the guy in front of him (but that guy peeled off and eventually hit Bell; I can’t tell if that was a good or bad play by Whimper.

      I watched this gif like 15 times and, outside of what Ruan diagrammed, I still have a hard time diagnosing what happened and what went right and wrong. This reinforces my view that I basically can’t tell what’s happening on the OL live during the games unless it is super-obvious, and even then I have to watch individual matchups closely to have a clue. There are other things that I have a “blink” feel for, but OL play is not one of them. This leads me to two conclusions:
      1. It is really freaking impressive that players can diagnose and react to all this in real-time while competing with world-class atheles and being judged by millions of people.
      2. Most discussions of OL play by fans like me is probably similar to this:,34022/

  • Cols714

    Lots of optimism these days. Do the Raiders destroy it and we go back to top 5 pick status?

    Magic Eight Ball says… Yep.

    • countertorque

      I think the dream stays alive for another 2 weeks. The Raiders are bad and I think the Steelers confidence counts for something.

  • Cols714

    One other thing. Is it time to end the Gilbert experiment and just make Mike Adams the RT for the future? He was the Steelers best RT last year, the move to LT sucked, so why not just make him a RT and be done with it?

    Beachum seems capable of being the LT for the rest of the year.

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      Wasn’t Gilbert pretty good as a rookie RT? I wonder what is going on with both of our r2 OTs.

      • Cols714

        Me too. They both showed promise as rookies and then last year Gilbert sucked and now Adams seems to have lost all ability to play.


  • David

    We are down this year, but the Doom and Gloom being perpetuated by the Post-Gazette et al. is a bit premature.
    -Since 2000, the series is tied 4-4
    -With Ben, we are 1-3, but in the win it was 35-3; in the losses, the avg margin was 4.33 and Ben was still recovering from the bike accident in one game

    -Last yr we lost to an old nemesis who knows us well, Carson Palmer

    -At OAK you say? Remember 1984 when we had to win at OAK to win the AFCC, and everyone was picking us to lose? We won 13-7

    The big question is will we continue to turn over the ball and defeat ourselves?
    I am optimistic. Why? LT Beachum, KR Sanders, and RB Bell. –Knock on wood–